Dynamically Calling Crystal Report from .net 2005 with no crystal login

Most of us develop .net applications and will try to integrate the
crystal reports with the applications.  I tried all possbile options,
and succesfully implemented them. I would like share some of them with
you all. 


Visual Studio 2005 and Crystal Report XI.

1. Create a Crystal Report as usual in Visual studio 2005 .net
   using ODBC connection. In this example "CrystalReport.rpt"
2. Create a aspx web form to display the report.  This form will
   be a place holder for crystal report.

3. In design mode, drag and drop Crystal Report viewer control and
   don't configure anything.
4. Open code behind .aspx.vb

    'Declare public variable
    Private myReportDocument As ReportDocument

    'Note: This is Page Init event not Page Load event
    Protected Sub Page_Init(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Init
        Dim myConnectionInfo As ConnectionInfo = New ConnectionInfo()
        ' Note: This is your local ODBC Name NOT SQL SERVER NAME
        myConnectionInfo.ServerName = "PUBSODBCNAME"
        ' If your ODBC connection defaulted to your application database,
        ' you can remove the following line.
        myConnectionInfo.DatabaseName = "Pubs"
        myConnectionInfo.UserID = "userid"
        myConnectionInfo.Password = "password"
        myReportDocument = New ReportDocument()
        'If your crystal report is in some other folder, give proper path
        ' In this example, .rpt file in the same folder as .aspx file
        Dim reportPath As String = Server.MapPath("CrystalReport.rpt")
        SetDBLogonForReport(myConnectionInfo, myReportDocument)
        CrystalReportViewer1.ReportSource = myReportDocument
        ' You can customize the Crystal Reports toolbar.
        ' like the following.  I have disabled the business object logo
        ' in the tool bar.
        CrystalReportViewer1.HasCrystalLogo = False

    End Sub
    'This Sub is necessary for Crystal report database connection
    Private Sub SetDBLogonForReport(ByVal myConnectionInfo As ConnectionInfo, ByVal myReportDocument As ReportDocument)
        Dim myTables As Tables = myReportDocument.Database.Tables
        For Each myTable As CrystalDecisions.CrystalReports.Engine.Table In myTables
            Dim myTableLogonInfo As TableLogOnInfo = myTable.LogOnInfo
            myTableLogonInfo.ConnectionInfo = myConnectionInfo
5. Now run the .aspx page. You will see the report or the crystal report parameter
   form. It will not ask you DB login information.

You can customize this .aspx file to display your banner etc. and call it from other .aspx file.
Try it and give me your suggestion.
And, Next week custom paramter form to replace Crystal parameter form.
See you then.


Suji Ravi. M
3/5/2007 1:37:15 AM
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It works.  Can you post Crystal custom parameter form code soon?  I have urgent requirement for that.

3/6/2007 2:52:32 PM

how to do it in C#

will u plz guide me

thnx in advance


Maria Uppal

7/20/2007 5:46:04 AM
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